Destrehan High School (DHS) and Hahnville High School (HHS) students have found outside support as they use robots to build skills in science and engineering.
The Monsanto Fund recently awarded a one-time $5,000 grant each to the DHS’ Wildcat Robotics Team and HHS’ Tigerbots Robotics Team to support their FIRST Robotics activities and encourage local students who participate in the program.
DHS has received this grant three years consecutively and HHS, two years. Employees from the local Monsanto site invited DHS and HHS to apply for the grant in September.
Both teams will use support from the grant to participate in FIRST Robotics and its educational programs and competitions.
FIRST challenges teams of students to design, build and program their own robots to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors – immersing young students in real-world engineering experiences.
“It is essential that today’s students learn STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills, as they will be the next generation driving innovation and overcoming challenges through big ideas,” said Michelle Insco, Monsanto Fund program officer. “Monsanto Fund is committed to investing in the next generation of scientists and engineers … through hands-on education programs like FIRST Robotics.”
Monsanto Fund’s sponsorship of FIRST Robotics teams continues the nonprofit’s support of programs that improve STEM education.
Over the past five years, the Monsanto Fund has contributed over $40 million to STEM outreach efforts.